From the precipice

Thanks Ladies, I now have a new morning ritual.  In the aftermath of the Women’s March I decided to try the 100 days of phone calls and postcards to Congress.  This isn’t getting the breakfast dishes washed any faster, but that’s a small price to pay for my sanity.

“Indivisible” (Google that!) has some excellent daily suggestions for subject matter, as do many other worthy organizations.  Sometimes there’s an item in the news that provides the message. It doesn’t take long for this to become a habit.

Some of the best advice on these activities suggests:

Be a constituent. Messages from a Representative’s district carry more weight than those from outside the district.

Be a registered voter. According to former Representative Barney Frank, legislators do check.  If you aren’t registered already, it’s easy to do. Take the time to register, it will make your message more significant.

Be concise and to the point.

Be persistent.  Churchill’s maxim applies, “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” So, your representative isn’t doing what you advise? Remember #NeverthelessShePersisted.

There are several messages from which to choose, support for funding Planned Parenthood, support for the Affordable Care Act, support for the SOLVE Act, support for basic environmental protections, support for civil and voting rights, support for the LGBT community.  I wouldn’t worry about “fatigue” because every day that passes provides some new horror which will sustain feet in the street and post cards from the precipices.

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